by Bridget Gaddis, AIA, Leed AP
Often we are so caught up in the physical design features of architecture that we are prone to miss its cultural and historic meaning. The point is especially remarkable in the case of Andrea Palladio because his work marks a new paradigm in artistic thinking. Part, if not all, of his popular appeal at the time he was working, resulted from his shameless use of architectural forms, previously reserved for use on sacred religious buildings, on private and decidedly un-sacred villas. Nothing like demoting religion to render one "Avant Garde."
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